To the person who found my site by searching "video clips warehouse incest"

I hope my discussion of feminist performance art and Alan Keyes was of interest to you.

Alan Keyes? Who was that again?



Admission of guilt?

From the AP: "[George and Laura Bush] also came within 100 feet of a live hand grenade in Tbilisi, Georgia, according to FBI investigators. The grenade did not detonate and she said they didn't even know about it until after leaving the country.

"Thank God no one was hurt from that," she said. "I don't know any of the details about it. I don't know if it was close enough for the president to have been hurt, but certainly innocent people could have been."

A category that excludes the president.



And let's not forget Lucius Jeanius Brutus

Remember how we in the lexico-grammatical purist community were once scratching our heads over the "when did genius become an adjective" question? Well, we're so over that now. But we couldn't help noticing that it is now such an accepted adjective that the J. Jill catalogue has no qualms about making a pun out of it: "jeanius fit." (Not only this, but if you search the word "jeanius" on their website, it brings up all their jeans. Try it. I kid you not.)


Devil's Night made me do it

Since we're doing a quiz day, here's a quiz about what kind of American English you speak.

In my years in Chicago, I've lost 5% from my "Yankee" score to "Upper Midwest."


Apparently, I am a postmodernist

Via Bitch Phd, this quiz...I am very surprised to score so high for "fundamentalist" (I wonder if it's because on some of those questions I picked the middle option because I related so little to the terms of the question that I didn't even want to disagree). As for what looks like my top category but turns out not to be (because of a tiebreaker question), it's this:

Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

But this is the official answer........

You scored as Postmodernist. Postmodernism is the belief in complete open interpretation. You see the universe as a collection of information with varying ways of putting it together. There is no absolute truth for you; even the most hardened facts are open to interpretation. Meaning relies on context and even the language you use to describe things should be subject to analysis.

Cultural Creative
















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Yet another chapter in the yellow ribbon watch

I've been thinking, as loyal readers know, about the yellow ribbons. I think they are magnets. Is that right? And if so, does that mean that yellow ribbons are only for people with garages to put their cars in? Or do people count on the theory that, if you are the kind of person who would steal a stupid magnet, you are probably not the kind of person who would put a yellow ribbon on your car? (Or vice versa?)

OK, but this is distracting me from the real subject of this post, which is this: Am I wrong, or have all the yellow ribbons on all the cars, all at once, over the course of a few days, faded to white?

Either it's a great mutiny on the part of the ribbons themselves, or it's planned obsolescence. I suspect the latter. The marketing people say, we will hack up and package your emotions and sell them back to you, and we'll work in an expiration date so you have to come back to us again.


wouldn't want to fail to live up to stereotypes or anything

I'm in Baltimore for the weekend, and am sitting in a Xando, and there are kids wearing Johns Hopkins sweatshirts and carrying lacrosse sticks in here.



Not to state the obvious or anything but

It's 5/5/5 today. I like that.



can you say "post hoc ergo propter hoc"?

So, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune (use noaccount@mailinator.com as login, noaccount as password, and if those don't work check for a new one at bugmenot.com), a story on how the government wants us to believe that pot makes you crazy, because children who smoke marijuana before the age of 12 have a higher incidence of mental illness later on than those who don't smoke until age 18.

I don't suppose the population that consists of "kids who start smoking pot before age 12" has other potential causes of mental illness (in which they include depression; in which they include, maybe, not feeling like working at shit jobs) going on, whether organic or situational? Nah.



travails of the organic coffee addict

None of the stores in my neighborhood that stock Equal Exchange coffee have any left--any, that is, that's not flavored "sickly peach" or some such nonsense--and/or decaf. Me, I only drink the hard stuff. Dark roast. Caffeinated. First I had to settle for a medium roast, then light, then they expect me to buy decaf fruit flavors? Is there a distribution problem, or have two unrelated businesses (2 of the local markets are under the same ownership, but not, or so I thought, the third) simultaneously decided just to stop stocking it?

So, I thought of ordering it online. But then I remembered. Equal Exchange is not even my favorite bird-friendly, shade-grown, fairly-traded organic coffee. That would be Jim's, which I first encountered as a member of the Mariposa Food Coop--an age ago....

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